PORT COMMISSION MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

PORT OF PALM BEACH COMMISSION MEETING 1-18-2018…

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1-18-2018 PORT OF PALM BEACH COMMISSION MEETING. RECORDED BY GEORGE BLACK JR./PORT OF PALM BEACH POST. THIS MEETING WAS A RELATIVELY LONG MEETING AS THE PORT COMMISSIONERS PASSED THE GAVEL, AND REVIEWED POTENTIAL ENGINEERING COMPANIES FOR MOSTLY UNDERWATER AND EDGE WATER CONSTRUCTION. THIS WAS JUST ONE OF THE TOPICS WITHIN THIS MEETING. THERE WAS ALSO MANY OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED SUCH AS AN UPDATE ON PEANUT ISLAND, AND IT’S SECURITY. IN ADDITION THERE WAS THE TYPICAL AGENDA TOPICS, APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING HELD IN DECEMBER. THOSE MINUTES WERE APPROVED THIS MONTH FOR LAST MONTH, AND CAN BE FOUND HERE. THE STANDARD PLATFORM FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS WAS FOLLOWED, AND INCLUDED THE FINANCIAL REPORT FOR 2017, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT, ENGINEERING REPORT, THE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRES REPORT ( NOT PRESENT ), A CONSIDERATION FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE AECOM PROJECT THAT HAS RUN FAR PAST THE COMPLETION TIME, AND WELL OVER BUDGET. THERE IS AN ANTICIPATED LAW SUITE ON THIS ONE.
THERE WAS MUCH MORE DISCUSSION ON VARIED TOPICS. TO SEE THE COMPLETE MEETING FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN THE HAPPENINGS OF THE PORT OF PALM BEACH CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON FOR THE VIDEO ABOVE.

 

PORT OF PALM BEACH COMMISSION MEETING 4-21-2016

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Port of Palm Beach Commission Meeting 3-17-16

THE PORT OF PALM BEACH IS ON THE MOVE!

THE PORT OF PALM BEACH IS ON THE MOVE!

Port of PALM Beach Commission Meeting, 3-17-16 (CLICK HERE )

Port of Palm Beach Commission Meeting June 18, 2015

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Port of Palm Beach inlet Sand Transfer Station. http://www.PortofPalmBeachPost.com

 

The port meeting was opened in form and the pledge was given. The minutes were approved, and the meeting continued. There were several topics of business discussed the ones of most interest to me were the reports on the dredging of the Port of Palm Beach inlet, and the report on the Island Breeze.

It seems that The Port of Palm Beach is still dealing with shoaling problems in the inlet channel (the problem of sand washing into the depths of our inlet channel). This has been an ongoing problem for quite some time, and our sand transfer station operation has been intermittent at best for over a year. Thankfully the Army Corp of Engineers has been fervent in it’s efforts to keep our inlet to an acceptable depth for the safety and functionality of our Port.

There was discussion of the fact that if we improved the functionality of our transfer plant, and widened the sand pickup area, and if we could insure the constant depth of the current advertised depth of -33 ft. the need to deepen the inlet channel might be reduced. There was also talk of maybe keeping the current advertised depth, and just widening the channel 50 ft. to the north.

That having been said, the Army Corp of Engineers has already reapplied for the new speculated depth of -39 ft. with the environmental protection agencies. The permit for such construction is not expected to be approved for another two years. (THIS PARAGRAPH WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE DISCUSSION AT THE PORT MEETING).

It is this author’s belief that in spite of some opposition the Army Corp of Engineers will accomplish their purpose as the Port of Palm Beach does not just serve the people of Palm Beach County. Our Sea Port is global in nature, and serves the whole Continental United States and the world.

Touching on the Island Breeze, They are a midst bankruptcy, and currently have three motions before the court. They are in arrears for payments to the Port of Palm Beach, and their electricity to their vessel has recently been cut off. I guess this is a just wait and see moment.

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Grand Celebration cruise line hailed from the Port of Palm Beach. Photo http://www.PortofPalmBeachPost.com

 

We should  all be aware of the new cruse vessel the “GRAND CELEBRATION” that is to start sailing on the 1st of February, 2015. This was not a topic at the latest Port meeting; however, it is still worthy of mention.

(article by George Black Jr.)